This information is provided to help those also struggling with infertility. This is in no way to be taken as medical advice, but information to be discussed with your doctor and see if they would be right for your specific situation. Always seek medical advice before trying something new for your pre-pregnancy health.
I have not posted in a while because it has been hard to think about not being pregnant month after month. I don’t think anyone around me understands the sadness that accompanies each month when I receive that feeling that yet again nothing has worked. Lately, I have been trying to change my perspective and think about what if God has greater plans for us. What if everything has not fallen into place.
In Samuel 1, Hannah says “My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong.” – 2:1 This was after Hannah was able to conceive with Samuel. Hannah waited so many years for her child – many tears, prayers, and moments thinking she would never have a child.
Hannah’s Prayer For Her Son
“O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.”
Hannah’s desire to have a child was so strong that she would give him up for greater reasons, just to have a child. Hannah went on to have three sons and two daughters. There are many stories like this but I really like the story of Hannah. There is also a really good book called Hannah’s Hope. If you are struggling, I recommend picking up this book.
I left you last with my post endometriosis surgery. If you are planning on having surgery, please read my articles listed below for advice and support.
- Life After Endometriosis Surgery – My Fertility Story
- Endometriosis – Post Surgery Appointment Questions
- 14 Essential Products You Need Following Endometriosis Surgery
- Exploratory Laparoscopic Surgery For Endometriosis – What To Expect
I color in my bible journal when I need to be reminded that God is in control of this story. God has led me to the doctors I need to be working with and helping me prepare to become a mom. In the future, I see us playing in the park and know God has a bright future for our family. I love this verse from Luke 1:37 to support me through hard times.
I am 4 months post endometriosis surgery. While it feels much longer than that, putting the words down reminds me that it just happened and I need to be kind to myself.
In the last 3.5 months, I have been charting my cycle and I will write another post about how I have gone about through the Natural Procreative (NaPro) Technology method. I then had another follow-up doctor appointment to determine next steps.
Here is what has taken place since my last visit:
- Hormones: I have had my hormone levels checked at various points during my cycle.
- Follicles: Checked to make sure I had follicles rupture – I actually just had this last week and am in the 2 week waiting period. The time you wait for your period to start or not start.
- Endometrial Scratch: I had this last week and this is a procedure done in the office that takes seconds. The doctor takes a thin flexible tube, inserts it through the cervix and injures the endometrial lining. In this case, my doctor took a biopsy to also send for analysis. It is thought that if an injury takes place, it makes it easier for implantation to occur. The endometrium is a layer of tissue that lines the inside of the womb. There was a pain for 5 seconds, followed by cramping and bleeding. Nothing us women can’t handle. I would say I felt worse pain slamming my finger into a cabinet!
- Medication: I was put on medication to increase ovulation. I am not going to tell you which one because you need to discuss this with your doctor. Everyone and every situation are different.
Yeah that’s it and lots of praying! I have joined a couple of infertility groups on Facebook that has helped me research what others are doing and provided me with additional support. It is nice to have a support group of women who understand.
I have also tried to embrace other natural approaches. Last week I started acupuncture. I found a place that specializes in acupuncture for fertility. It was an amazing experience and I will say the practitioner who spoke with me had been doing acupuncture for 25 years. I asked him if he saw this work on women who had been struggling and he said he used to keep a book with all the cards and notes of appreciation from the women who had successful pregnancies.
I also let the practitioner know that I needed to reduce my stress levels as part of the therapy he would be providing.
They put needles in both my arms and lower legs. I had a pretty stressful day, tension headache and just a long week with many doctor appointments. They left the needles in for 30-40 minutes. I did make the mistake and move my arm a little and felt a tad bit of pain from the muscle. Other than it was a painless procedure.
I have to say I had a relaxing night and slept really well. I will keep you posted on future sessions. If nothing else, I get to relax in a chair for thirty minutes!
Let me know what natural approaches to fertility you have tried and have you had any success?